Portrait of the Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili (born 1987) by Francesco Maria Colombo.
The club audience roared with delight as Valentina Lisitsa and Milos appeared at a Yellow Lounge event at the Fabric club in the city of London last night 8 April 2013.
Instead of the usual formal concert with performers in concert dress and a generally precious atmosphere the audience at Yellow Lounge were standing and talking with drinks in hand in the darkened space of the Fabric club while the performers joked with them. Valentina Lisitsa delighted the audience by photographing them with her Blackberry and then immediately posting the photo on Twitter before sitting down and ripping through a Rachmaninov score with tremendous elan and insight.
Yellow Lounge was established seven years ago in the Berlin club scene. Its aim was to tear up the classical music rule book and and stitich it back together again fusing international musicians with cutting-edge DJ and VJ sets in urban spaces.
Will this be the new face of classical music performances? Who knows – but the good news is that audience was thirty years younger than theusual crowd you find at a classical music event.
RARE PUBLIC PERFORMANCE BY IVO POGORELICH at BERLIN PHILHARMONIE, 10th March 2013
Ivo Pogorelich performed a mixed programme of Chopin, Ravel and Debussy with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, conducted by Myung-Whun Chung. Here photographs from his Paris performance on 1st March 2013. Photographer :Marion Kalter.
Obituary photos for Harvey Lavan van Cliburn – the first American pianist to win the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, under the Soviet Union. He won the competition aged 23 in 1958 at the height of the Cold War.
July 12, 1934 – February 27, 2013
The tenth death anniversary of Nina Simone, the black American singer, songwriter, pianist and civil rights activist, falls on 21st February 2013. She was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon, the sixth child of a preacher’s family in North Carolina. She was a classically trained pianist, who made her name in the world of jazz and blues. Her famous songs are legion but include ‘Don’t Let Me be Misunderstood’, ‘Sinnerman’, ‘I Put a Spell on You’.
A short video of Charles Rosen, taken in Paris in March 2005 at the Ecole Normal Superieure by the photographer Marion Kalter (on her phone, it was all she had to hand), in which the great musical analyst gives a three-minute discourse on the making of Pierre Boulez.
He’s speaking fluent French, and you don’t need to understand that language in order to grasp the effortless authority that Charles exerted over an audience, any audience, whether as pianist, speaker or writer.
Fazil Say, an internationally renowned Turkish pianist and composer appeared in court on Thursday to defend himself against charges of offending Muslims and insulting Islam in comments he made on Twitter. He faces a possible 18 month prison sentence. More than 100 of his supporters gathered outside a courthouse in Istanbul to protest against his prosecution and carried placards that read: ‘Fazil Say is not alone’ and ‘Free Art, Free world’.. During a brief court appearance, he rejected charges of inciting hatred and public enmity, and insulting religious values. (source The Guardian)